The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A Grade II-listed pub with a good reputation for food. A choice of dining areas, including the old village bakery (complete with original bread oven), the old cobblers or the converted hayloft. In 2012 the pub received the accolade of Devon Dining Pub of the Year by the Good Pub Guide.
Church House Inn, Marldon. Village pub with amazing food using lots of local ingredients. Always reliable with very friendly staff. Dogs welcome in Bar area or beautiful beer garden. Open every day for food and of course great beer and wine.
Next to Paignton Sands this is also a popular family beach, with colourful beach huts and a long promenade. Go rockpooling at low tide at the northern end.
A working farm on the edge of Paignton with an award-winning farm shop and cafe and lots of events for the family. Work up an appetitie with a walk along the nature trail. Entry is free, but money raised goes to looking after other Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust sites.
Great Farm Shop
I called into Occombe Farm shop at the start of a weeks Christmas break in Paington to buy some meat for the week. The shop sells all sorts of foodstuff, including vegetables and local cheese, but includes a butchery at the rear. This has an array of sausages, bacon, and various cuts of meat.The Christmas turkeys and chickens had to be pre-ordered but the butcher cut me a joint of gammon to my requirements. It was one of the best tasting gammom joints I have ever had, as were the sausages and thick slices of bacon. Well worth stocking up on meat from. I believe that the butchery is run by Gribbles who have a couple of other shops in Devon.
The shop has a cafe above it.
Families have been flocking to Paignton for generations to enjoy a traditional English seaside resort. Much loved by the Victorians, the pleasures of Paignton have changed little – sand castle building, picnics on the beach and a dip in the sea. Paignton Zoo has a world-wide reputation for its conservational aims and offers an excellent day out for animal lovers; state-of-the-art enclosures afford the animals greater freedom to exhibit natural behaviour, which in turn makes for an exciting display for visitors.
Agatha Christie's holiday home nestles on a crook of the River Dart in a beautiful woodland garden that is home to such horticultural treasures as Monterey pines, eucalyptus, China roses, myrtle and Turkey oaks. For a magical experience that's also kind to the environment, travel there by boat. 'Green ways' ferries leave from Dartmouth, Brixham and Torquay. Following a major restoration project, The National Trust has re-opened the house to the public, where quirky collections of memorabillia offer a glimpse into the private life of the well-loved crime writer. For house opening times and an events list, please visit the Web site.
The journey to the house by way of the National Trust ferry was enjoyable as was the walk back to Dartmouth along the Dart Valley Trail and ferry (higher or lower will do, the former is cheaper). Unfortunately the house itself was a little disappointing with an over cluttered interior that did not really tell any particular story. There were bits and pieces of interest but overall it seemed as though everything from different times and sources was put in that could be which detracted. The entry to the house is timed but we still felt that it was over-crowded and NT should consider making the house visits guided only. The walled gardens were good with a beautifully restored peach house providing a highlight.
Well worth a visit to this house, an effort to get there as you can't go by car unless you pre-book. It was a nice ride there in the boat but you would need good weather. Lovely spring flowers in the grounds. Cafe/restaurant disappointing as there were no main meal available.
Enjoyed by All
A lovely house in beautiful surroundings on the banks of the River Dart. Good to see the interiors haven't been messed around with and still look as if Agatha and her family have just popped out for a minute. I can see why she loved it so much and the gardens are a delight. Thoroughly enjoyed by all - including a 22 year old male! Well worth a visit but, if arriving by car, don't forget to pre-book a parking space.
A lovely boat ride from Dartmouth, but overall the house was disappointing. A hotch potch interior and hard to believe it was inhabited up until 2004. All furniture pre-dates the turn of the last century. The children did enjoy completing their quiz sheets 'can you find' and I can really recommend the pasties in the coffee takeaway shop (not the main cafe).
An inspirational place!
This beautiful house set in wonderful surrounding is well worth a visit. It is easy to see why Agatha Christie loved this place and penned a number of her novels here. The surrounding woodlands with views of the River Dart are superb. You can take a ferry from Dartmouth to get to Greenway but we chose to take the foot ferry from Dittisham (another charming little place). I would highly recommend a visit to this lovely area.
Visiting Greenway is a lovely way to spend the day, they also have occasional events so it is worth having a look before you go to see if any take your fancy. If you like gardens, I would recommend visiting Greenway as I thoroughly enjoyed it.
'The Loveliest Place in the World'
Agatha Christie was right to call this the 'loveliest place in the world'. Arriving by ferry is really the best way to see it. A stroll in the pretty woodland gardens followed by some delicious homemade food in the Barn Cafe, rounded off with the return trip on the ferry makes for a thoroughly enjoyable day out.
Running between Paignton and Kingswear, go for a simple train ride or buy a combined ticket for a day out that includes a river cruise or a boat trip along the coast.
Steam Train and Cruise
We took the train from Paignton (awful town, but the start of the journey!) to Kingsweir. We then got the passenger ferry across to Dartmouth - very lovely town with lots of interesting shops and plenty of Cafes, Pubs and Restaurants to eat in. We then did an hour cruise up the River Dart which was really lovely and we then repeated the journey back (ferry and train). It was a really lovely day out. It can get quite busy during the peak times but very well organised and some lovely scenic coastal views on the Steam Train. Well worth the family ticket!
A very good day out
We have done the Round Robin trip twice now, in opposite directions. It's an excellent experience, and reasonable value, especially if purchased on a Jubilee ticket.
Don't waste time in Paignton, head for lunch in Totnes where there are lots of options, some by the river.
Do plan your timing, as tides can mean that boat trips back from Totnes can finish as early as 2pm.
There's a big car park right next to the station at Kingswear (about £4 a day) and you can use the ticket to cross over on the passenger ferry if you want to start with the boat trip.
Trains leave Kingsweir for Paignton hourly in summer. We recommend taking a day to do the ‘round robin’ …Ferry-Train-Bus-Cruise. Note the Cruise times vary depending on the state of the tide in Totnes.
A good day out
You can combine this with a boat trip on the Dart and a short bus connection to have a great round trip.
Reputedly Devon's most haunted castle, Berry Pomeroy is secreted away in a steep wooded valley. The 15th century ruin still displays a wall painting of the Three Kings in its gatehouse chamber. The great Elizabethan mansion of the Seymours was intended to become the most spectacular house in Devon, a match for Longleat and Audley End, however, it was abandoned by 1700 and subsequently became the subject of many a chilling ghost story, some of which can be heard in the audio tour. To get a good view of the ruin from below, take the woodland walk, although this can be steep in parts.
Lovely secluded setting down a narrow winding one-car-only lane. Very interesting castle history - do take one of the little hand-held recordings round with you. Very good cafe too - had a lovely crab salad.
The ruins are brought to life with personal audio guides. Thoroughly recommended.
- Peter Reynolds
Shaldon is an unspoilt village situated on the mouth of the river Teign between Torquay and Teignmouth. It has a thriving livelyhood based on the estuary. On a clear day, Portland Bill can even be seen despite being 50 miles away. A pretty village with two churches, a boutique, butcher, coffee shop and many conserved areas for all to enjoy.
Lovely walk with our dog along the estuary into Shaldon village with a few shops/cafes. London Inn pub by the bowling green friendly pub with excellent beer and food (Best to book for Sunday lunch). If you don't like the Hi De Hi type holiday with amusements and cheap trinket shops then this is a place to visit
Very English Shaldon
A little hidden gem this village right on the seafront facing Teignmouth on the estuary, nice stylish shops and narrow streets with a bowling green and several nice pubs with good food.
Lovely pretty village, with a host of beautiful places to eat and drink. We tried the live music at the Ferryboat Inn, and had a lovely early evening looking out over the harbour from their beer garden. The shops were good quality, though during the off-season (October) I presume they have shorter opening hours (10-4 average) and some appeared closed. Everyone we met was very friendly, and the atmosphere was relaxed and refined.
Fabulous estuary village
Complete with its full range of shops, restaurants/pubs and beachesSo much to see- the village has a great website.
Shaldon village life
Shaldon village hosts a variety of activities throughout the summer. There is a market on the village green in traditional costume every week and the well know water carnival where sand castle competitions and decorated boats abound. The highlight of the year has to be Shaldon Regatta, which takes place around the late summer bank holiday in August where everyone is welcome to enter and regatta boats are available if you don't have your own. Also five-a-side football, beach volleyball, swimming competitions and sandcastle competitions abound. Highly recommended.
One of the best zoos in the country, famous for its conservation work and animal welfare programmes.
Great day out
Paignton Zoo is a well kept and well presented educational Zoo. The animal enclosures are always being adapted and improved, the information provided is helpful but understandable and the refreshment points offer a variety of foods without being vastly overpriced. You need at least 4-5 hours to see it all.
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